Our Staff

Doctors

DR SIMON HODES

Partner - MB ChB, DRCOG, MRCGP, DFFP

Simon qualified from the University of Birmingham Medical School in 1996, before completing his General Practice training in London. He joined the practice in April 2001 as a partner. He is involved in training medical students, junior doctors and trainee GPs, and his clinical interests include diabetes, lifestyle medicine, efficient use of IT, paediatrics and ENT. Simon is passionate about continuity of care, patient safety and traditional holistic family medicine.

DR GOWRI SANKARAN

Partner - MB BS, DRCOG, MRCGP,DFFP

Gowri Sankaran qualified as a doctor in Kerala, India and, on moving to England, she held several hospital posts in obstetrics and gynaecology, before commencing her GP training in Watford, completing her registrar period at Coach House Surgery in 2005. Since then she has worked as a salaried GP in Watford, rejoining Coach House Surgery in early 2007.

DR RACHEL TUDBERRY

Partner - MBBS, DRCOG, DCH, MRCGP, DFFP

Rachel Tudberry qualified in 1997 from the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, London University and completed her General Practice training at Coach House Surgery in 2002. She was accredited as an associate GP trainer in 2007. Her special interests include mental illness and teaching trainee GPs. She works part time.

DR MANDIP THIARA

Partner - BSc (Hons), MBBS, MRCGP

Mandip Thiara qualified in 2008 from the University of East Anglia Medical School and worked as junior doctor in West London before joining the Watford VTS and Coach House as a registrar in 2012 where he completed his GP training. He now joins Coach House as a GP partner. His clinical interests include Paediatrics and general medicine.

DR CLARE SEARLE

Partner - MBChB FRCGP DCH, DGM, DRCOG, DFSRH, MSc Community Gynaecology and Reproductive Health Care

Having qualified from Leicester University in 1989 she moved to the GP vocational training scheme in Watford. Dr Searle has been a Partner since 1995. She enjoys the variety and continuity of care in General Practise with special interest in Women's Health.

DR HANNAH COWLING

Partner - MB BS, MSc. MRCGP

Hannah Cowling qualified from Sheffield University in 1997. Following training in Watford she became a Partner in January 2002. Her special interests include Mental Health and Education and Training. She also has a role working with Health Education England within the GP School.

DR NIKESH MEHTA

Partner - MBSS, MS (Surgery), MRCGP

Qualified from Pune University in 1999 (MB BS) and achieved Masters in Surgery from Bharati Vidyapeeth University -Pune in 2001. After 3 years in training at various government and private Sector hospitals he moved to the UK in 2002 and completed 3 years of vocational GP training at the Watford VTS to attain MRCGP before starting as a GP at the then Park End Surgery in 2007. Special interests in Minor Surgery, Dermatology and musculoskeletal conditions.

DR KETAN SHAH

Partner - MB BS, BSc, DRCOG, DFFP, MRCGP

Ketan qualified from University College London Medical School in 2003. He has worked and lived in the Watford area ever since, completing his vocational training in 2009 when he joined the practice as a Partner. His special interests include IT development and information governance within the practice in his role as Caldicott Guardian.

DR ANNE ANDERSON

Partner - MD, MRCGP, DCH, DRCOG, DFSRH

Anne qualified from Odense University, Denmark in 1999. She moved to the UK after meeting her husband (from Garston) and completed her GP specialist training in Watford. Dr Andersen has been a partner since 2010. She enjoys the variety and continuity of care in General Practise with special interests in Family Planning, Women's Health and Paediatrics. Dr Anderson is fluent in Danish.

DR ARIFF AMIN

Partner - MB BS FRCS MSPa

Dr Amin qualified in 1992 from India and trained in General and Colorectal surgery both in India and UK and gained Fellowship in Royal College of Surgery(FRCS). Worked as research registrar at Royal Free Hospital. Then, moved to General practice and completed his training in Norfolk. Joined Bridgewater Surgeries in 2015 and maintains his interest in minor surgery, musculoskeletal medicine with joint injections and respiratory diseases. Leads on research projects with Bridgewater surgeries being accredited to National Institute of Health and Research(NIHR).

DR MONICA DEB

Partner - MBchB, DFFP, MRCGP

Dr Monica Deb Qualified in 1999 from Sheffield University and completed her GP training at Luton and Harpenden in 2004. She joined Park End surgery in 2010 and her interests include training (teaching GP trainees and medical students), medicines management, women's health and family planning

DR ALEX CAREFULL

Partner. BSc., MBBS(Lond), MRCGP

Alex qualified from Imperial College, London in 2002. After working in Accident and Emergency for 5 years, he joined the GP Training Scheme and completed this in 2010. Alex has been a Partner since 2014 and enjoys the variety of General Practice. He has interests in Mental Health, Musculoskeletal problems, Minor Surgery and Population Health.

DR INNA VARDI-FLYNN

Partner - MBBS, MRCGP, LOC IUD/IUS, LOC implants, DFSRH, DRCOG, PGcert MEDed

Inna qualified from the University Of East Anglia Medical school, Norwich in 2009, and then worked in Norfolk and Suffolk to complete her hospital training. Afterwards she worked in Hertfordshire, completing her GP training in Watford. She is lead GP for coordinating the in house teaching and training of the many GP Registrars who rotate through the practice. Inna has attained a gynaecology fellowship and has a specialist interest in women’s health, sexual health and the menopause.

DR ROSHNI BHUDIA

Partner - MBBS, B.Sc., MRCGP (2014), DRCOG

Having qualified from Bart's and The London School of Medicine in 2009 she joined the GP vocational training scheme in Watford and completed this in 2014. She became a partner in 2018 and is based at the Meriden Surgery. she enjoys the variety of continuity of care in General Practice.

DR GAJAN IDAIKKADAR

Partner - MRCGP 2018

Dr Gaj trained as a GP in Watford at Bridgewater Surgeries and qualified in 2018. He works at the Meriden branch on Tuesdays and Fridays and the main branch on Mondays and Thursdays. He enjoys the wide variety that General Practice offers and has a particular interest in MSK issues.

DR NICOLA COWAP

Salaried GP - BSc, MB BS, DRCOG, MRCGP, MSc

Nicola qualified from University College London in 1988. She trained in general practice and was a partner in Tower hamlets, East London before joining Park End Surgery in 2004 as a salaried doctor. She has a special interest in diabetes and general medicine.

DR SOPHIE PARK

Salaried GP - BSc, MB BS, DRCOG, MRCGP, MSc

DR IVELINA MILANOVA

Salaried GP - MRCGP

Dr Ivelina Milanova (Iva) qualified from Sofia Medical University in 2006. She worked in different hospital positions in the NHS in North East and Hertfordshire between 2008 and 2014. She has been part of Bridgewater Surgeries since 2014, initially as a GP registrar and then as a salaried GP. Iva currently works part time.

DR GURDIP SAHOTA

Salaried GP - BSc, MBBS, DRCOG, DFFP, MRCGP

Dr Sahota qualified from King’s College London Medical School in 2000. Completed GP vocational training in West London, then worked as a salaried GP for several years in the same area. After moving to Hertfordshire, I worked as a long-term locum GP in South Bucks and Herts for several years whilst my children were young before joining Bridgewater Surgeries as a salaried GP in May 2020.

DR VANISHA MADHAV

Salaried GP - BSc, MBBS, MRCGP

Dr Madhav qualified from King's College London School of Medicine in 2014 and completed her GP training in Watford at Bridgewater Surgeries where she was a registrar. She now works as a part-time salaried GP at both branches, and has a keen interest in general medicine as well as Dermatology

DR JEREMY SHINDLER

Salaried GP - MB BS 1982 Lond

Dr Shindler retired from the Practice in April 2021. We wish him well for his retirement and thank him for his 20 years of service to the Practice and his Patients

Nurse Practitioners

DANIELLE FAERSHTEIN

Nurses

ANNIE WOOLLEY

FRANCES KAVANAGH

SAMANTHA RODERICK

USHA PARIKH

NAOMI BRICE

REZWONA CHOWDHURY

Healthcare Assistants

LISA HOYLAND

JAYNE APPS

KIM IMBERG

MADELEINE DOYLE

MARIA MCGETTIGAN

SUSAN DRISCOLL

Practice Management

LAURA BONANNI

LISA MACKIN